Tag Archives: Digital Activism

[From the web] Communicating for social action -RAPPLER.com

Communicating for social action.

March 10, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – “A campaign begins with a desire to tell a story,” 23-year-old Anna Oposa emphatically told her fellow youth at the Digital Technology for Social Change forum held at the Ateneo de Naga on February 27.

The room fell silent as though anticipating a lecture on creative writing, a short course Oposa took in New York before enrolling in English Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

But Oposa immediately perked up the rather coy audience with a barrage of youthful witticisms, colorful visuals and anecdotes from her digital adventures which all make her advocacy on protecting the world’s richest marine life more exciting.

Oposa’s journey from school to the seas has been creating ripples not only in the country but also across the world.

As one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers of the Philippines, she spoke at the organization’s annual meeting held in Davos, Switzerland from January 25-29, 2012.

She also showcased her innovative local advocacy to protect the seas at the British Council’s Global Change makers Summit in New Delhi, India last year.

Oposa is neither a scientist nor a lawyer like her renowned environmentalist father, Tony Oposa.

The elder Oposa is known for winning a case in the Philippine Supreme Court that introduced the internationally recognized legal doctrine on inter-generational equity which recognizes the environmental rights of future generations.

The younger Oposa applied what her father taught her. But she did it her way. “I know how to write,” Oposa told an inspired audience.

Read full article @ www.rappler.com

[Resources] Tips for digital activists (Series 4): Amplify personal stories by Tactical Technology Collective

Tactic #4 by Tactical Technology Collective

amplify personal stories
by Tactical Technology Collective

This tactic is useful when people affected by the issue are not being consulted, and as a way to give an issue depth that resonates with the target audience

Watch video @ http://www.informationactivism.org/tactic4video


● In the videos of the lives of child soldiers in the Congo, the same story was told in two ways: one story was for local people, to raise awareness, and one was to influence the courts. Think ahead about how the raw material you gather could be crafted to tell different stories for different target audiences.

● For Blank Noise, collecting people’s stories and amplifying them on one website created a sense of community for those who contributed. What incentive is there for the people you work with and/or your community to tell a story? How will you support people to stay connected to each other?

● Personal stories can be very revealing. If you ask people to share their stories, you have a responsibility to protect their privacy and safety. When telling a personal story could introduce risks to someone, discuss these risks in detail with them. You may need to conceal people’s identities by excluding their name, location, image, and voice.

● Working with people to tell their stories is in itself a process. Ajedi Ka in the Congo spent months getting to know the children and soldiers before using the video camera. Think about how you will build trust and help people tell their own stories.

● Telling stories online is one form of collective action, but what else might you ask your contributors to do? Will they help lead a campaign in their local area, promote the initiative, create content?

Read complete tactics @ http://www.informationactivism.org/tactic4video

[Statement] Stand for Human Rights, Defend Internet Freedom! – DAKILA

Stand for Human Rights, Defend Internet Freedom!

January 19, 2012

 We cannot deny the power internet has brought upon every individual – suddenly we all have a say; suddenly we can influence many; suddenly, earning knowledge is a click away. As Dakila pointed out in its Digital Activism Program, the extensive reach of social media and digital applications have facilitated the spread of social advocacies by exponential numbers in ways we have never imagined before.

Civil society has no doubt been empowered through the internet. We see this evidently in the latest uprisings and revolutions that have been happening around the world. And the internet has been instrumental in communication and knowledge sharing which has eventually lead to the success of many of these revolutions.

As an organization composed of artists, Dakila understands the need for a law to stop piracy and copyright infringement and to protect intellectual property rights but not at the expense of free speech and integrity of the internet. Simply put, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) are poorly constructed bills that threaten free speech on the internet more than it protects intellectual property rights.

Although SOPA and PIPA are American legislations, its effects will not stop at American borders. The internet is a global village, where physical geographical borders are blurred and where people share information and knowledge among each other regardless of geographical location. With SOPA and PIPA, information and knowledge sharing not only threatens America, but threatens the world as a whole.

Dakila opposes SOPA and PIPA. The internet has been one of the keys to the democratization of several countries, has helped the fight of the 99%, has aided in bringing human rights violations to light. Now more than ever we see its importance in the role to uphold human rights and people’s dignity. The internet, an activist’s tool for revolution and social change, should not be bound by laws that harm more than they benefit.

We have been more empowered and have done things which, ten years ago, we would not have thought we were capable of doing. Let’s us not let an ill-conceived bill take these away from us.

Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism
19 January 2012


[Resources] Tips for digital activists (Series 2)

 This is the second part of our sharing of information about tips for digital activists.

Like what we had already mentioned in our first post on Tactic no 1, these useful information are shared from the advocacy group Tactical Technology Collective’s project which they call as “10 Tactics for turning information into action.”

“10 tactics” explores how rights advocates around the world have used information and digital technologies to create positive social change. It also came out in DVD form that includes films and set of cards in pdf format, filled with tools, tips and advice to help other advocates plan their own info-activism.

We are now sharing their Tactic No 2 entitled “Witness and record”


PLAN YOUR ACTION (Excerpts from 10 tactics card no 2)

● In Burma, bloggers and rights advocates faced significant risks in coming forward with their testimonies and evidence. How will you protect yourself and others involved in and supporting your campaign? Consider the digital trail you may leave: your IP address, email accounts, passwords, lists of friends you have on social network sites, the names that your mobile phones and SIM cards were purchased under, and the names and organisations that websites’ domain names have been registered to.

● Develop criteria for verifying the witness reports you collect and publish. Some citizen reporting platforms have been abused to accuse innocent people and expose dissidents’ identities.

● One way that WITNESS has protected the identities of people in video testimony is to not record their faces. By backlighting a person, you can record a silhouette of his or her face without showing revealing details. In this way, even if your tapes were seized, there would be no visual record of the people in them.

● Talk people through the “worst case scenario” if they told their story and their identity was compromised or revealed. This discussion allows you to get informed consent from people and can help you plan how to minimise risk.

To read more and download the 10 tactics cards visit http://www.informationactivism.org/en/tactic2video